Nowadays, there’s a lot of clergy saying, “we love gays, BUT…” And John Shore sets the record straight (no pun intended): they’re bullies of the worst kind.
Here is a site for the general youth
Here are some other resources for homeless youth.
Homelessness has been weighing heavy on my heart, and I want to help out in any way I can, but this is the only way I can. All else I can do is pray.
Much love, and stay safe.
Boost, and keep praying for those who are in need of these resources
First of all, I have ZERO tolerance for any religious institution peddling anti-LGBT nonsense to our youth, and I hope you wouldn’t either. As you said, it causes them to be self-loathing, to self-harm (and not just physically), or to even commit suicide. As Archbishop Desmond Tutu says, I would refuse to worship a homophobic God. And I cannot believe that God sees things like these so-called Christians do. In fact, the Bible says God does not see as mortals see; they look at the outward appearance but God looks at the heart (1 Samuel 16:7).
Sometimes I get so mad at the state of the Church too. Too often, she only seems concerned with genitalia, uteri, or micromanaging peoples’ personal lives. Any of those things should be our last priority. There are people starving and on the streets, there are children being caught in gunfire on city streets, there are women being beaten and abused, the environment is being destroyed, and warmongering threatens to tear the world apart. So why is anyone concerned about what two consenting adults are doing? It’s shameful.
We need voices to stand up and boldly challenge the religious establishment’s thought process, because it’s seriously flawed. Won’t you be a voice? It won’t be easy, but we have to take back the Church.
Anonymous said: The Courage Apostalte/Courage International irks me a lot. The celibacy issues scares me a lot as an LGBT Catholic. It's like I'm being singled out. Like I'm still "loved" and "accepted", only to be screwed over, to live life alone while everyone else has the privilege of not worrying about the things I have to. It's not fair. It irritates me a lot. I could go on about every detail that irritates me, but I won't. What is your advice to the LGBT Catholic, especially the youth, dealing with this?
You can realize the hypocrisy behind this organization. They’re basically setting up a conditional prerequisite for being a Christian. Jesus didn’t say if I am lifted up, I’ll draw some and good luck to others. He said He’d draw all person unto himself: no exceptions, no prerequisites. Francis might be setting a softer tone, but the RC Church has a long way to go. And they’re not getting there anytime soon.
I was nominally Roman Catholic for quite some time and chose to become Episcopalian. It’s the advanced placement of Catholicism: same rituals but half the guilt, to quote the late Robin Williams (also Episcopalian). So if you’re on your own or you’re a Roman Catholic teen with an option as to which church you want to attend, I highly recommend The Episcopal/Anglican Church. Many are LGBT-affirming. Check our Find Your Community page to double check. Otherwise, you can recognize the Roman Catholic Church’s teachings on gender and sexuality for what they are: invasive, horribly controlling, and just plain wrong.